52 Reasons to Love Sicily | There’s Always Something Begging to be Discovered

52 Reasons to Love Sicily #46. There’s Always Something Begging to be Discovered. Considered by many to be the “Sistine Chaple of Sicily,” the Chiesa di San Domenico in Castelvetrano in western Sicily is an unspoiled spectacle. Originally built in the 1470s, artist Antonio Ferraro da Giuliana and his sons spent three years from 1577-1580…

52 Reasons to Love Sicily | Live Classical Theater in an Acient Greek Amphitheater

52 Reasons to Love Sicily #37. Live Classical Theater in an Acient Greek Amphitheater. L’Istituto Nazionale del Dramma Antico (INDA) has presented masterpieces of ancient Greek theater in Siracusa since 1914 at Siracusa’s Teatro Antico — the same stage on which some of these works may have been premiered centuries ago! Attending these performances between…

52 Reasons to Love Sicily | Strolls Through Public Gardens

52 Reasons to Love Sicily #22. Strolls through public gardens offer a different kind of exploring. Villa Giulia, an oasis of greenery in Palermo that was commissioned in 1777, presents you with a geometric layout accentuated with neoclassical band shells and allegorical statues. In the midst of the park, is the Villa Giulia version of…

52 Reasons to Love Sicily | Outstanding Ancient Art

52 Reasons to Love Sicily #20. Outstanding Ancient Art. There are extraordinary pieces of ancient art throughout Sicily–even in the smallest of museums. One example is in the Museo Whitaker of Mozia off of Sicily’s west coast. The world-renowned “Youth of Motya” or “Motya Charioteer” is a mid-5th century BCE statue made of Parian marble. It was…

52 Reasons to Love Sicily | Royal Fairytales Are Real

52 Reasons to Love Sicily #6. In Sicily, “fairytales” about knights and ladies and kings and queens are not fiction. Throughout the island exists displays of centuries of royalty. In fact, you’ll find castles seemingly on every hilltop with a view! Perhaps the most particular evidence of majesty is illustrated by the crown of Constance…